Savannah Children's Book Festival

Blue Balliett

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Blue Balliett’s first book, Chasing Vermeer, was a New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner, and won the Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction. It has now been translated into over thirty-five languages.

In her latest book, The Danger Box, Balliett introduces readers to a new cast of characters, and a new kind of mystery. Balliett says, "The Danger Box is a story set in a very small, very quiet town in Michigan, one that could be almost anywhere in the United States. A worn, red notebook appears, one that might or might not have belonged to one of the most famous and controversial thinkers ever, a person who has been dead for over a hundred years-and whose name is known around the world. Dangerous sparks are struck...and soon a boy, a girl and a way of life are surrounded by flames."

Blue encourages writers of all ages. Her advice to young writers is this: "Kids who want to be writers should just keep writing. Keep a notebook, and write lots, including questions and ideas you don’t completely understand. I also think it’s really important for writers to read well-written books – if you’re a constant reader, the language you read becomes a part of your own language."

Find books by Blue at the Live Oak Libraries.

Watch and listen to Blue talk about her newest book, The Danger Box.


2014 Festival Storytimes

Live Oak Public Libraries presents special storytimes leading up to the Savannah Children’s Book Festival, which is set for Nov. 15, 2014, at Forsyth Park. These storytimes feature the books of a different festival author or illustrator each month.

October 2014
James & Kimberly Dean

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Oglethorpe Mall Library
Mon., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.

Thunderbolt Branch Library
Tues., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.

Forest City Library
Tues., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.

Port City Library
Tues., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.

Bull Street Library
Wed., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.

West Broad Library
Wed., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.

W. W. Law Library
Wed., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Chatham Library
Thurs., Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m.


November 2014
Tedd Arnold

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Oglethorpe Mall Library
Mon., Nov. 3, 11 a.m.

Thunderbolt Branch Library
Tues., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

Forest City Library
Tues., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

Port City Library
Tues., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

Bull Street Library
Wed., Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.

West Broad Library
Wed., Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.

W. W. Law Library
Wed., Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Chatham Library
Thurs., Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.

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